Vicente Padilla (11-8) allowed four runs and nine hits in five
innings to win his fourth straight decision for the NL wild
The Phillies' relievers pitched four shutout innings. Dan Plesac
pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.
Thome's two-run homer in the sixth off reliever Pedro Borbon
gave the Phillies a three-run cushion after the Cardinals scored
four unanswered runs to get within 5-4.
The two-out, two-run shot earned Thome a curtain call on a night
fans came to boo Rolen, the former Phillies third baseman who once
last season refused to come out of the dugout and acknowledge the
fans after hitting his second homer in a win over Montreal.
"It was great to get that," Thome said, unaware that Rolen
once spurned the fans.
Woody Williams (14-6) gave up five runs and 10 hits in five
innings to lose his third straight decision.
Rolen, playing at the Vet for the second time since he was
traded to St. Louis last July, heard loud boos each time he came to
the plate. Fans booed from the moment he stepped out of the dugout
until the second pitch of his first at-bat. Rolen struck out with
two runners on to end the first inning.
Once a fan favorite in Philadelphia, Rolen has been vilified
since turning down a lucrative contract extension from the Phillies
in 2001 and forcing a trade last year.
"I think the fans perceived it as he didn't want to play in the
city," said Phillies manager Larry Bowa, who often clashed with
Rolen. "I still respect the hell out of him."
Ledee led off the first with a line drive homer to right-center
-- his 10th of the season and third career to start a game.
Placido Polanco and Bobby Abreu followed with singles and Thome
walked to load the bases. After Pat Burrell popped out, Chase Utley
hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Consecutive RBI singles by
Jimmy Rollins, Todd Pratt and Padilla gave the Phillies a 5-0 lead.
"It was just a rough night," Williams said. "I couldn't get
the ball down and everything I threw, they hit."
Back-to-back doubles by Pujols and Tino Martinez to start the
fourth cut Philadelphia's lead to 5-1. An RBI single by Orlando
Palmiero made it 5-2.
Edmonds' two-run homer in the fifth -- a mammoth shot into the
upper deck in right field -- got the Cardinals within 5-4.
Padilla left after allowing consecutive singles to Palmiero and
Edgar Renteria to start the sixth. Terry Adams came in, retired
Mike Matheny on a sacrifice, struck out pinch- hitter Kerry
Robinson and got Bo Hart on a grounder to second.
Adams pitched two scoreless innings, Turk Wendell pitched one
and gave way to Plesac.
Jose Mesa, who lost his job as Philadelphia's closer two weeks
ago, would've entered the game had Plesac not retired Edmonds to
start the ninth. Bowa said Mesa will return to his role as a
Cardinals RHP Matt Morris will not come off the disabled
list to start Sunday's game as was originally thought because he
injured his ankle in the team's hotel. Morris has been sidelined
since July 22 with a broken bone in his right hand. He could miss
another two weeks. ... Edmonds' homer was the 22nd that reached the
upper deck in right field at the Vet, which closes this year after
33 seasons. ... Padilla has allowed four runs or more in three of
his last five starts, but the Phillies are 3-0 in those games,
scoring 29 runs, an average of 9.7 per game. ... Borbon has given
up 14 hits and nine runs in four innings since being recalled last
month. ... Rolen went 0-for-4. ... Rollins was 3-for-4. ...
Renteria was 3-for-3. ... Thome has 31 homers.
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